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Treasure State Chorale

The Treasure State Chorale.

The historic mission church at St. Ignatius is in need of help.

Several structural issues need to be addressed in the near future.

The Treasure State Chorale will present a benefit concert at the Mission Church on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 4 p.m., at the church.

All of the free will offerings will go toward the restoration project.

In keeping with tradition, the chorale will present a wide variety of Christmas choral music, everything from the 16th century to the popular music of today.

The exciting opening selection sets the tone for the concert, with the popular “Spirit of the Season” from "The Polar Express." The program continues with songs both familiar and not so familiar, but all with the theme of a holiday celebration.

Following a brief intermission, the chorale returns with the story of the Nativity in song. Again, although the central theme of this portion of the program is the birth of Jesus, there will be music of every genre represented.

Caccini offers music from the Baroque era, continuing with an exciting Haydn “Gloria." Some of the selections are accompanied by flute and strings, and audience participation adds to the festive celebration of the evening.

Contemporary music is well-represented by composers such as John Rutter, and a new piece adds a bit of thought towards hopes, dreams, and miracles.

A finale brings the concert to a close with an intense arrangement of “O Holy Night” and “O Thou Joyful Day”. The Chorale leaves the audience with the opportunity to reflect on the “Spirit of the Season” with a special song written for choir and strings.

The Treasure State Chorale is an adult mixed chorus drawing its auditioned membership from various communities in Montana. Phil Harris, founder and director, is looking forward to presenting this performance for the benefit of the Mission Church. Chorale members cannot think of a better way to share the “Spirit of the Season”.

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